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02-12-2010

National Society of Black Engineers Director to Speak at Clarkson University February 21

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National Society of Black Engineers Executive Director Carl B. Mack will speak on the topic of "Engineering Social Justice" at Clarkson University on February 21. The public is welcome to attend.National Society of Black Engineers Director to Speak at Clarkson University February 21

The former president of the Seattle chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Mack is a noted historian, author and speaker whose work has been featured nationally. In 2008, he was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of the Top 150 Black Leaders in America.

In describing his presentation, Mack says that the marriage of technical disciplines with the ability to change society is logical because it requires the skills of critical thinking, reflective decision-making, and effective action. Moving from lip service to action empowered Mack to cultivate his passions of social justice and community service with his engineering degree.

The February 21 event begins with a 5:30 p.m. dinner in Clarkson’s Cheel Campus Center. The meal will be reflective of the people of the African Diaspora and features West African peanut stew, fish gumbo, Cajun jambalaya and Jamaican jerk chicken, among many other dishes. Mack’s presentation will follow at 6:30.

Reservations for the dinner, which is $10 for the public and a meal exchange for Clarkson students, must be made by Thursday, February 18, at CAMP Room 100 or via e-mail at spectrum@clarkson.edu.

Carl Bernard Mack was born in Jackson, Miss., and is a graduate of Mississippi State University, where he received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. In 2006, the university named him a distinguished engineering fellow.

After moving to the Seattle, Wash., area in 1987, Mack worked as an engineer with METRO - King County for 18 years and coordinated the county’s award-winning Minority Engineering Internship Program. From 2003 through 2004, he also served as president of the Seattle King County Branch of the NAACP. During his tenure, the branch grew from 600 to 2,000 members and won the 2004 Class 1-A Thalheimer Award as the top branch in the country. Because of his significant contributions in the arena of civil rights, Carl was listed as one of the 25 Most Influential people in the greater Seattle area. Upon his announcement to leave the greater Seattle area, both the City of Seattle and the King County government named February 12, 2005, Carl B. Mack Day.

In March 2005, Mack began a new chapter of his life as the fourth executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), one of the nation’s largest student-governed organizations.

Again, his presence was immediately felt. In each of his first three years at NSBE, the organization has set records for membership, reaching 31,118 members in 2008, up from its previous high of 12,842 before Mack’s arrival. He also has been instrumental in increasing NSBE’s financial resources to record highs: expanding the organization’s cash reserves from $3.5 million to $9.0 million and securing a largest-ever grant of $1 million from a NSBE sponsor, among other highlights. His extraordinary leadership has led to an increase in visibility for the organization with several appearances on CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight and Good Morning America.

Mack has led the expansion of NSBE’s Pre-College Initiative Program to the elementary school level by founding the Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) Academy. SEEK is designed to expose African-American youth to science, technology, engineering and math early and constant, and it has seen tremendous growth, from 250 children to nearly 700 in its first two years.

Mack resides in Fort Washington, Md., with his sons, Joshua and Jonathan, and his wife, Jamiyo, a chemical engineer whom he met at NSBE’s 2000 Annual National Convention.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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